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Loughgiel suffer more heartbreak as Killimor triumph

Loughgiel 1-05 Killmor 2-07

By Pat Smith

For the second year in succession, Ulster champions Loughgiel Shamrocks have tasted the excruciating pain of defeat in the All-Ireland senior club camogie championship semi-finals.

Last year it was Wexford side Oulart-the-Ballagh that torpedoed the Antrim team's hopes of glory and yesterday Galway outfit Killimor left their aspirations in ruins at St Tiarnach's Park, Clones by running out 2-7 to 1-5 winners.

While Loughgiel's courage and commitment were never in question, it was the more technical aspects of their play and defensive lapses that proved their undoing.

Killimor gained an early foothold when the dangerous Brenda Hanley bagged a goal that clearly hoisted her side's confidence.

And when Susan Keane pounced for a second goal shortly before half-time, Loughgiel knew they had a mountain to climb.

They trailed at the interval by 2-2 to 0-2, Keane having complemented her goal with a fine point to which the accurate Martina Conroy added another from a '45'.

Despite their energy and resolve, Loughgiel were unable to attain a sustained level of cohesion and their sporadic raids were comfortably dealt with.

A Racquel McCarry point after 16 minutes helped to settle Loughgiel but they were to score just once more before the break through Aishling McFadden.

When Emma McMullan and Hanley traded points early in the second-half, Loughgiel still looked capable of finding their stride but further points from the latter and Conroy helped Killimor retain their momentum.

A McFadden point from a free still saw Killimor lead by 2-7 to 0-5 but the never-say-die McCarry surged in for a late goal that once again fanned the flame of hope for the Ulster side.

However, Killimor clinically shut up shop thereafter to suffocate the Ulster champions' renaissance.

There was disappointment, too, for Tyrone and Ulster Intermediate champions St Patrick's, Eglish who lost to Eyrecourt (Galway) in their All-Ireland semi-final by 3-6 to 0-5.

LOUGHIEL SHAMROCKS SCORERS: R.McCarry 1-2 (1f), A. McFadden, 0-1 (f), E.McMullan 0-1, E.McFadden 0-1

KILLIMOR SCORERS: B.Hanley 1-3, S.Keane 1-2, M.Convoy 0-2 (1f)

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